In a vote of 219 to 197, Republicans and a select group of Democrats passed a bill that would render Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration null and void. Obama has faced significant criticism for taking the unilateral action that, once enacted, will allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
I believe it is important the House stand up to President Obama’s executive amnesty. That’s why I am proud to support @RepTedYoho‘s bill.
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) December 4, 2014
While the House vote reflects that disapproval, it is largely recognized as an ultimately hollow attempt to censure Obama for his unprecedented action.
The bill is expected to die in the Senate; and even if it were to pass, the possibility of a presidential veto is high. Conservative legislators continue to explore ways to earnestly reverse the order, though there is plenty of division within the ranks. Some believe that using the power of the purse to force a government shutdown is the most immediate and effective way to achieve that result, while others urge patience through waiting until the new, Republican-led Congress takes control.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has taken a different track, calling on fellow Republicans to block any nonessential Obama nominee until the effects of the immigration order are eliminated.
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